Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Speaking of Marian Apparitions...

Does anyone know more about this retreat/visionary week going on right now in Alabama? Our Lady of Medjugorje is supposedly appearing to one of the visionaries there this week and people from all over the country are making a pilgrimage there to celebrate, among other things, the Blessed Mother's 2,021st birthday, which they've said Our Lady has said is actually on August 5, not the Church-recognized September 8 (which is 9 months after her Immaculate Conception on December 8).

Our Lady of Medjugorje has a rather large following in and around the New Orleans' area. Her monthly addresses are recorded in our diocesan newspaper and there are countless pilgrimages to Medjugorje with priests from New Orleans. Additionally, our pastor from when I was in elementary school had a great devotion to Our Lady of Medjugorje and even wrote a book about her. We also saw the film Gospa at my Catholic elementary school, which starred Martin Sheen as Fr. Jozo Zovko, who also came to our parish once to preach (via a translator, of course). So I had no idea until I came to college in Maryland that there are many who do not believe the apparitions are authentic, specifically because it seems some of the messages have encouraged disobedience to the local bishop, which Our Lady surely would never approve of.